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Virat Kohli beats this Bollywood actor to top 2019 Forbes 100 list

Highlights

  • 21 Indian Athletes have been named in the 2019 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list.
  • Kohli toppled Bollywood actor Salman Khan from last year to become the number 1 on the Celebrity 100 list.
  • 7 of the 21 athletes named in the list are non-cricketers and Badminton star PV Sindhu (56) stars first among them.
  • Three Indian Women Cricket star also features in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list.

Twenty-one Indian Athletes have been named in the 2019 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list, with Indian skipper Virat Kohli topping the list. The India cricket team captain toppled Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar to end at the top.

The 2018 edition of the Celebrity 100 list was headlined by Salman Khan. In 2019, the batsman earned ₹ 253 Crore from playing as well as from his endorsements with various brands like Uber, MRF, Audi, Manyavar and Tissot. 

Forbes Magazine has been compiling and publishing the annual list since 1999. The purpose is to list India’s 100 highest-paid celebrities between October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019. 

MS  Dhoni (9), Rohit Sharma (11), Rishabh Pant (30), Hardik Pandya (31), Jasprit Bumrah (33), KL Rahul (34), Shikhar Dhawan (35), Ravinder Jadeja (51) and  Kuldeep Yadav (61) are the other cricketers on Forbes annual list. Sachin Tendulkar (9) is the only retired player to feature on the list. 

Three Indian Women Cricket star also features in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list. Mithali Raj (88), Smriti Mandhana (90) and Harmanpreet Kaur (91) make their debuts in the Forbes India list. 

Rise of Non-Cricket Athletes

7 of the 21 athletes named in the list are non-cricketers and Badminton star PV Sindhu (56) stars first among them. Her major earnings come from the sport and her endorsements with Bank of Baroda and Li-Nang. However, Sindhu has faced a major drop in earnings in the last two years. Forbes India estimates that her earnings fell from Rs 57.25 Crore in 2017 to Rs 21.05 Crore in 2019.

The face of Indian Football and captain of the national team Sunil Chhetri (85) returns to the Celebrity 100 after missing out in 2018. His estimated earning has increased from Rs 2.3 Crore in 2017 to Rs 6.1 Crore in 2019. He most recently signed a three-year deal with Puma.

Olympic Bronze medal shuttler Saina Nehwal (81), Boxer Mary Kom (87), Wrestler Bajrang Punia (94) Golfer Anirban Lahiri (95) and Tennis star Rohan Bopanna (98) also make it to the list. Here is the complete list of athletes to feature in the Forbes India Celebrity 100.

Athletes in the Forbes India Celebrity 100

RankNameSportEarnings 2019 (In Rs crore)Sources of Earning
1Virat Kohli Men Cricket 252.72Cricket, Endorsements
5MS DhoniMen Cricket135.93Cricket, Endorsements
9Sachin TendulkarMen Cricket76.96Endorsements
11Rohit SharmaMen Cricket54.29Cricket, Endorsements
30Rishabh PantMen Cricket29.19Cricket, Endorsements
31Hardik PandyaMen Cricket24.87Cricket, Endorsements
33Jasprit BumrahMen Cricket23.25Cricket, Endorsements
34KL RahulMen Cricket23.19Cricket, Endorsements
35Shikhar DhawanMen Cricket19.11Cricket, Endorsements
51Ravindra JadejaMen Cricket18.41Cricket, Endorsements
61Kuldeep YadavMen Cricket15.27Cricket, Endorsements
63PV SindhuWomen Badminton21.05Badminton, Endorsements
81Saina NehwalWomen Badminton3.00Badminton, Endorsements
85Sunil ChhetriMen Football6.10Football, Endorsements
87Mary KomWomen Boxer3.90Badminton, Endorsements
88Mithali RajWomen Cricketer2.63Cricket, Endorsements
90Smriti MandhanaWomen Cricketer2.85Cricket, Endorsements
91Harmanpreet KaurWomen Cricketer2.12Cricket, Endorsements
95Anirban LahiriMen Golfer5.30Golf, Endorsements
94Bajrang PuniaMen Wrestler2.40Wrestling, Endorsements

Manan Dharamshi
I usually describe myself with three 'F's, i.e, Food, Football and Films. Born and Brought up in Bangalore since the mid-1990s, I have always had a huge interest in playing football, cricket and watching other sports. People who know me always tell I bleed football. Sports, and Football, in particular, has helped me through hard times and helped me to shape my view on the world. And that is one of the reasons why I want to serve as a Sports Journalist.

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